There are a fair number of other fun but quasi-work-related things I'd like to read this weekend:
- Nature has a series of news features on natural disasters. One addresses "the world's growing vulnerability to catastrophe," while another focuses on Hurricane Katrina's effect on Louisiana's coastline, and a third talks about replanting tsunami-devastated trees to mitigate storm impacts.
- Science and HHMI bemoan the loss of American students pursuing careers in science because our undergraduate education system is defective and propose to help remedy the situation by presenting innovative educational ideas in Science once a month in 2006. It's a good idea, and I think it's great that science education is finally getting some press in the scientific literature, but it's only a baby step toward fixing the problems. There was also apparently a summit on U.S. scientific competitiveness.
- On the web, Zuska has a scary piece on an attack on Girls Inc. Apparently, anything we do to empower girls will only make them rabidly pro-abortion.